Court reserves verdict till Sept 2 in complaint against Radhe Maa

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2015 10:26 IST

The court of chief judicial magistrate Jagdeep Sood on Tuesday reserved the verdict till September 2 in a criminal complaint filed against the controversial Radhe Maa.

During the court hearing, advocate Shiv Dutt Sharma, appearing for complainants Ashwani Kumar and Dheeraj Sharma from NGO Raksha Jyoti Foundation, argued that Radhe Maa dressed like a Hindu goddess and claimed to be Durga Maa, which is an insult to the religion.

The advocate argued that an individual had the fundamental right to speak, eat and dress and move throughout the country, but this right is subject to certain restrictions. He said she is portraying herself as a Hindu goddess whereas actually she is roaming around wearing mini-skirts. She is playing with the sentiments of people, he claimed.

He said she could not use the word Maa with her name and had no right to spread misconceptions about Hindu religion.

The advocate demanded the registration of an FIR against her.

The NGO has filed a criminal complaint against Radhe Maa aka Sukhwinder Kaur in the court under Section 295 (injuring or defiling place of worship with intent to insult religion), 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) and 298 (uttering words with deliberate intent to wound religious feelings of any person) of the IPC.

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